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spending. we promise. we will do it. and they both agreed to do this. now it was a -- obama is not asking to do targeted spending cuts. he's asking to do a deficit reduction package. >> it has moved. >> it has moved. and the u.s. -- >> we talked clearly about it and -- >> and you ask the people in the u.s., what about sequester? i just want to see that we can cut spending. the reason we -- >> it's symbolic at this point. >> it is. it's only 44 billion by tend of the year. >> i would agree. i would think that if you hadn't looked at what you had done over the last couple of months where it had been partisan politics and where republicans feel like they got the short end of the stick, you might be able to do a better deal right now. but every time one side feels like it's lost, it has to come back and make up ground. >> government has grown 20% over the last four years. we're trying to cut it marginally. >> but you know as well as i do, it's discretionary spending that's the big problem. >> but there's still hundreds of billions of dollars in discretionary spending. but there's 200 billion
we're here on squawk. >>> also, calls to the white house. president obama will be meeting with a dozen ceos today. and the bulls trying to battle back. it's been a good year, but now stocks coming off their worst losses this year. it's february 5th, 2013 and squawk begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. ike becky quick along with andrew ross sorkin. joe kernen is off today so we are again joined by steve liesman. also at the table with us this morning, our guest host is andy surel. andrew just talked about the markets. stocks ending at session lows yesterday. in fact, all ten s&p sectors closed lower. yet the bulls betting this is nothing more than a bull pac. but we will have a number of powerful investors for their thoughts throughout yao the morning. jim o'neill will join us in just a few minutes. then in the next half hour, the man charged with making sdigs for how blackrock invests more than $1 trillion, the firm's chief investment strategist, russ koesterich. nouriel roubini will be joining us and we're going to ask him for his current view of the world. in t
coming at us. we got dodd-frank, which isn't out yet, really. and we got obama care. and obama care, when you look at the complexities in that plan, health care costs are going to go up, they're not going to go down. and you've got temporary workers to deal with. retail has got a hell of a problem. going from 35 hours a week to 30 hours a week for a temporary employee. if you've got 50 employees. you want 49. there's so many complexities in these two things. so my concern about acceleration, is regulatory. warren may have a different view of that. >> interesting thing is i agree with everything jack has said, but it's -- it's i don't come away as pessimistic as he does. but he's absolutely right about, you know, about what's happening with health care, and everything. i don't disagree with a word that he said. that he said. >> and i'm not pessimistic, warren. i'm not pessimistic. i just think we -- we're at a position where we could really take off if we had the right policies. >> yeah. well i -- i -- the interesting thing kind of is that america really is doing better than the rest of th
the country together, who's taking a partisan approach. president obama does okay on that score. he's 48% of the country say he's trying to bring the country together. 43% say he's taking a partisan approach. but republicans get hammered by the public. only 22% credit republicans with trying to bring the country together. three times that many just about, 64%, say they're driving the country apart -- in a partisan way. and when you look at the issues at stake, each side has some advantages. but -- from the democratic point of view, looking out for the middle class, 22% advantage for the democrats. on the issue of taxes which is traditionally a republican strength, democrats have a small advantage plus 3%. republicans on the flip side, who would do better at protecting a strong defense? 26% advantage for republicans. who'd do better at reducing the deficit? 6% advantage for republicans. so each side brings strengths to this issue. but president obama clearly has the high ground in terms of the bully pulpit and trying to put pressure on republicans. he hasn't been able to put enough pressu
when obama came in. 47 million now. that's more than the population of spain, 47 million. we all want to help people that are needy. but it's probably not a good idea to create and add to the people that are needy and then feel virtuous about helping them. if policies were able to take -- the 16 million back off food stamps that are on now by giving them jobs, by instituting policies that give them jobs to where they're -- i mean it's so good to feel good on the front end about being virtuous about helping people that are needy but what if you're adding to all the people that are actually in need, steve? >> one statistic that summarizes it, sequester. everybody's talking about the sequester. if "the wall street journal" pointed out, the amount of money we're talking about for one year on the sequester's cuts is one-third of one percent of the 3.6 trillion that we would have if we had a budget. but that's the number. we can't -- one-third of one percent of our budget? oh, my god! if anybody thinks we're going to give those young people a chance that says it all. >> it would be nice if
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